WISDOM TAUGHT ME…
to give honor to whom it is due, and tribute to whom it is due.
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to ESTEEM THEM VERY HIGHLY IN LOVE FOR THEIR WORK’S SAKE. And be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
The spirit of pride in Korah and Abiram says; “… Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” Numbers 16:3 KJV.
Respecting and honoring your spiritual leaders is not idolatry, neither is it a show of stupidity, but high level of wisdom and spiritual understanding. If you lead anyone, you will understand.